Tag: Chicago Sun-Times

AP's vacuous coverage of the Trump defense team in Senate trial

I didn’t take notes of what the Trump defense team said in the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday because I thought I could pick it up in the next day’s coverage. So, this morning I turned to nearly the same Associated Press story, bylined Eric Tucker, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller, in the Chicago Tribune and... Read more »

Why the Chicago Teachers Union demands are outrageous

You don’t have to do a detailed statistical analysis of the Chicago Teachers Union costly demands are outrageous. But if you want more detailed information, turn to the analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute. Before we begin, the union response will be that the Institute is just a right-wing, anti-tax, anti-union outfit that should stick its... Read more »

Farewell, Lois Wille

Thank you, Lois, for your guidance, inspiration and your friendship. Lois Wille, one of the greatest journalists to have graced the pages of three Chicago newspapers, died Tuesday. To confirm her extraordinary talent, professionalism, integrity and caring, I urge my readers, please, read the fine obituary written by Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune and Maureen... Read more »
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Trump's shameless pardon of the preening ex-Sun-Times publisher Conrad Black

President Donald Trump’s undeserved pardon of ex-Chicago Sun-Times publisher and swindler Conrad Black  should frost the butts of hundreds of his former employees, as it does mine. Black, founder of Hollinger International Inc. had served three and a half years in prison for  mail fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with his scheme to divert $60... Read more »

The rapacious Ed Burke

Thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times for revealing the depth of Ed Burke’s greed, and by extension the petty venality of corrupt Chicago politicians. Two articles worth reading: Burke’s breaks: Embattled alderman got tax cuts on home, office just by asking Ald. Edward Burke built ‘special police’ force after Rahm cut bodyguard detail For most of us,... Read more »

Chicago investigative reporters give the Obama Center a pass

Chicago has been and still is a great town for investigative reporters. Its newspapers have won numerous awards for exposing the town’s assorted and impressive numbers of booddlers, goniffs and teefs. Splendid investigative reporting also is done by television, radio and the new digital media. But when it comes to exposing the wrongs and illegalities of... Read more »
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My Dad's closet

Soon after my Dad died more than 30 years ago, we went to clean out his closet and what I discovered was a father’s love for his son. Among his personal items, he had clipped and saved seemingly everything I ever wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. Boxes of it. I was blown over. And touched... Read more »

My turn to be a Chicago media critic

And why not? My experience as a Chicago journalist is long and varied. It dates back to 1965 when I was hired by the late lamented Chicago Daily News, starting out on the midnight shift (before women were allowed) writing about  crime. There I also was the urban affairs reporter and assistant financial editor. When the... Read more »

Godspeed, Chicago Sun-Times

The heroes of Chicago journalism are those who man the newsroom and other offices of the Chicago Sun-Times. New owner after new owner, these men and women have kept Chicago’s “second newspaper” alive by their tenacity, professionalism and talent for decades as the ownership changed as often as the waves broke on Chicago’s lakefront. Now... Read more »
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What is racism?

It’s time to step back and consider what racism means. The term is getting flung around so much that it has become so generic that its meaning has become lost. The most recent example is the passionate–if not the out-of-control–criticism that has been dumped on Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Here is how the ADL defines... Read more »